In a historic finish to the Boston Marathon, Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, defended the title she said she could not enjoy a year ago after the fatal bombings. Jeptoo finished Monday’s race in a course-record 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds. She becomes the seventh three-time Boston Marathon champion.
“For me, I came to run in Boston again and to help support Boston [for] what happened last year,” Jeptoo said afterward. “I was happy for the win I got.”
On the men’s side, Meb Keflezighi become the first American male since Greg Meyer in 1983 to win the Boston Marathon, and first American period since 1985. Keflezighi finished the race in 2:08:37.
Keflezighi was born in Eritrea, located in the Horn of Africa, and immigrated to the United States when he was 12. He won the silver medal in the marathon at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and finished fourth at the 2012 London Olympics.
“It was not about me,” said Keflezighi. “It was about Boston Strong.”
Last year’s Boston Marathon was marred by the fatal bombings, so this year’s marathon not only recognized those who lost their lives, but celebrated the new winners.